Why So Many Americans Don’t Want Social Justice and Don’t Trust Scientists
Jonathan Haidt, PhD
Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership NYU-Stern School of Business

psychologist at the NYU-Stern School of Business. His research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures. In recent years he has examined the moral cultures of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. Haidt is the author more than 90 academic articles and two books: The Happiness Hypothesis, and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. He has spoken twice at the TED conference—once on politics, once on religion. He was named a “top 100 global thinker” of 2012 by Foreign Policy magazine.

Jonathan Haidt is a social

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • 5:30pm LO NEW C •
Reynolds Theater Bryan Center, Duke University
Reception to follow • Free and Open to the Public
The Boyarsky Lectureship, created through a gift from Drs. Saul and Rose Boyarsky, brings distinguished lecturers to Duke University who can inspire achievement in social justice and public health through science.

America is deeply polarized along a left-right divide. One side wants “social justice”; the other sees social justice as a heavyhanded way of enforcing unfairness in the name of equality. Both sides claim that the other side denies science, reality, and common sense. In this talk Professor Haidt will give an overview of moral psychology and of his research findings on the left-right divide. He’ll focus on disagreements over fairness and liberty, which constitute the new (post-Tea Party) culture war. And he’ll show how both sides deny science whenever it conflicts with their sacred values.
Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine 919.668.9000 • Email: trent-center@duke.edu • trentcenter.duke.edu

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